A few weeks ago, on Twitter, I mentioned —in reply to the Fed lowering rates to help facilitate consumption— that I was more concerned about supplies and supply chain disruptions than I was about consumption waning. The random news stories and barren grocery store shelves confirm there's plenty of demand. Too much perhaps. (P.S. Don't hoard, people. Keep Calm. Carry on.)
Why the initial economic policy response to this pandemic by U.S. policymakers was lowering rates is totally lost on me. While I am presently less worried about food stocks (outside of the hoarding issue) I still see potential issues with the supply chain and other non-food supplies. Please do not read that last statement as I am panicked over supplies and supply chain. Nor worried. However, I am concerned about supplies (import restrictions) and supply chain (logistics and any necessary distribution pattern shifts). Some concern is warranted, if you use such positively—at least in my opinion.
I am hoping consideration for the common good allows any limited supplies and alterations in the distribution of goods to go where they are most needed. This only takes a mindset, an attitude. A disposition toward others like that I witnessed in a grocery store clerk on Day 1. I know the name of the clerk (I shop at this store often and know many of the team on staff) but will refrain from stating it because I did not ask her permission. She was talking to an elderly couple who were looking for specific items they needed or desired. They had gone to numerous stores. And found nothing. They were noticeably frustrated, and likely afraid. I was standing several feet away, by design. (Social distancing, yo!) But I could hear the conversation completely. After a minute or so of banter the grocery clerk finally said: "I understand. I do. And thank you for understanding. It will take all of us. We're in this together."
Smiling, I nodded at the clerk and remained in place to give the elderly couple plenty of room to pass by.
It's now been almost five days. I have chewed on that life-affirming interpersonal exchange for as many days. NEVER have I found a better food item in that store than this...and I shop there regularly and always enjoy what they offer for sale.
Food for thought.
Stay Calm. Carry On.
Day 5 post update, 1/? -- You may want to consider limiting or avoiding your exposure to social media accounts of famous people and 'Influencers.' Surfing for only five minutes, I saw someone who purportedly champions self-care, forgiveness and acknowledging the reality that people make mistakes go off and try and politicize the current pandemic moment by belatedly making a dig at a WA politician for their poor word choice (word choice that didn't likely **if not obviously** reflect her complete viewpoint). Furthermore, and unsurprisingly, the PA-based author enflaming an already angst-ridden time for people seems to have ignored the WA politician's own clarification to her original statement.
I have been watching internet personalities for years now. There are untold numbers of internet famous people, in various industries not just publishing, who try to make hay for themselves. They flame under the auspices of doing good. They burn others, knowingly or unknowingly. Realize you can limit your exposure to these sorts.
Keep calm. Carry on.
Day 5 post update, 2/? -- Well, just returned from an afternoon walk. No zombies out. It's still daylight. Maybe that's why. Dunno. Not a zombie expert. Did see a number of older people. I assume they wanted to enjoy the nice weather, too. This week has been a wee bit of a boon for my short story writing. The long form story has stalled; thankfully, work of some sort still trickles out.
Now I know—because of my circle—a large number of shy people will be reading these posts. And I know many aren't the sort who engage or post comments. However, if you feel comfortable sharing, please tell me what board games you and your family have been enjoying during the COVID-19 self-quarantine timeline. And absolutely apropos of current events, given she's not committing to social-distancing, if you know Evangeline Lilly we'd make room for a fifth in our games of Phase 10. Well, I would make room for her anyway.
Oops! gotta go . . . wife's glaring at me now (not really).
by Geoffrey Allison || SIXSTRINGcpa